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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

About the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry

 About the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry

About us

The Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry grew from the Forensic Section in 1997. It is represented at the College by the Forensic Executive of 15 elected members and a number of co-opted members. The Chairman sits on the College Council and a junior representative is co-opted from the Collegiate Trainees' Committee.

The Faculty concerns itself with all matters relating to forensic psychiatry. An annual residential forensic psychiatry conference is held for three days in February each year and there are many other joint conferences held throughout the year with other faculties. 


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Who to contact for further information

Stella Galea, Committee Manager

Forensic Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC specialist forensic psychiatry input to all aspects of postgraduate medical education in psychiatry at core and advanced levels including the development of curriculum, relevant assessment schedules and contribution to quality assurance/quality control.


Members are appointed by the Forensic Executive Committee. Membership reflects regional representation, including Scotland. The committee includes a trainee representative.


Remit of the Committee

This is not fixed. Regular items include:


  • Curriculum review
  • Advice for Deaneries on forensic psychiatry training queries
  • Advice on training requirements for consultant psychiatrists, who would like to specialise in forensic psychiatry
  The Committee has representatives on:


  Duties of members


  • Attendance at committee meetings (members are expected not to miss more than two meetings in a row)
  • Reading and reviewing material distributed by the Chair


The Community Diversion and Prison Psychiatry Network


Community Diversion and Prison Psychiatry Network   Launched in October 2009 at the Faculty’s annual conference in Cardiff, the Community Diversion and Prison Psychiatry Network will be jointly run with the Forensic Faculty. The aims of the network are:


  • To develop a forum for communication for psychiatrists working in prison and in community diversion services.
  • To explore and develop standards and competencies relating to these areas.
  • To identify the nature of mental health service provision and specific training opportunities in these areas.
  • To identify areas of best practice and disseminate them. 
  • To influence care pathways to enable community mental health services to work more effectively with prison mental health teams.
  • To develop links with other stakeholders, such as the Sainsbury’s Centre, Department of Health, the Howard League for penal reform and the Prison reform Trust.

Interested in joining this network? Please contact the General Adult Psychiatry Faculty Manager, Stephanie Whitehead






For further information email the Forensic Faculty. 



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EVENT: Forensic Psychiatry Trainee Conference

Save the Date: 8 & 9 October 2018

Venue: Edinburgh

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Note: unfortunately College staff are unable to advise about this conference.  Please contact the David or Gordon.



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